2017 Mercedes-Benz SL on sale in Australia from $218,715

September 5, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local prices and spec range details for the new SL-Class. The new model comes with more powerful engines, equipped with the company’s new 9G nine-speed automatic.

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63-side

Three main variants are being offered in Australia, spanning from the SL 400, SL 500, to the range-topping SL 63 AMG. All feature a turbocharged engine, along with an all-aluminium body shell and an electro-hydraulic automatic folding roof.

Starting with the SL 400, it comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 270kW and 500Nm. This is the same unit that’s seen in the C 43 AMG and E 43 AMG. As standard, the SL 400 gets Dynamic Select driving modes, a 600W Harman Kardon stereo with 11 speakers, and a comprehensive LCD interface with Apple CarPlay, sat-nav, and digital TV tuner.

Stepping up to the SL 500 gets you a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 335kW and 700Nm. On top of the SL 400’s standard kit, the 500 adds Nappa leather, black ash wood trimmings, and power-closing doors.

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63-interior

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At the top of the range is the snarling SL 63 AMG. Using a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, it belts out up to 430kW and 900Nm. This translates to a 0-100km/h time of just 4.1 seconds. The SL 63 is one of the last AMG models to use the ageing 5.5-litre V8.

As standard the AMG model gets a number of AMG highlights, including 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, AMG suspension with Active Body Control, a locking differential, eye-popping brakes, and a sports exhaust. It also gets a Bang & Olufsen stereo and a panoramic folding roof as standard.

The new lineup is on sale now with prices starting from the following (excludes on-road costs):

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 400 – $218,715
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 – $278,715
2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 – $368,715

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.